A national nonprofit organization focused on the quality and safety of health care in the United States issued a “Grade A” to Wayne UNC Health Care.

The hospital was awarded the A grade in the fall of 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Wayne UNC Health Care’s achievement in providing the highest level of patient care, said Kimberly Fazio, Wayne UNC Health Care director of communications and executive staff services.

The grade was based on the hospital’s efforts to protect patients from errors, infections, injuries, accidents and other patient harm, with 27 measures reviewed to determine the safety grade.

The grade is an improvement from the hospital’s former grade of B it has received during the past several years, Fazio said.

An A grade has historically been earned by the top one-third of 2,700 acute-care hospitals in the nation, she said.

“We are very happy to achieve this next step in our continuing efforts to provide the highest quality of care to Wayne County,” said Jessie L. Tucker III, Wayne UNC Health Care president and CEO.

“This designation is the acknowledgement of the years-long dedication and hard work of every member of our 98 departments in the hospital, as well as our exceptional physician teammates in our community. This is but one of several goals that we have, and patient safety is our top priority. Our assistants, doctors, nurses, providers, specialists, technicians and therapists all had a hand in making this possible.”

The Leapfrog Group assigns a safety grade of A, B, C, D or F to general hospitals across the nation, with the grade being updated every six months, Fazio said.

Developed with guidance from an interdisciplinary panel of clinical experts, the Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by large employers and other care purchasers. It assesses the quality and safety of hospitals across the country based on available health data.

To see the full grade details, visit hospital safetygrade.org.